Bradford Live is a not-for-profit charitable company formed in 2012 to find a long term viable use for the historic former Odeon building in Bradford city centre which has been derelict since 2000. At the end of 2014, following a rigorous competition, the Council awarded Bradford Live the right to re-develop the building.
Bradford Live is run entirely by committed volunteers and has already invested £250,000 of its own funds to harness extremely experienced professional partners. Our brief is to bring the former Odeon back into long term viable use without the need for revenue subsidy from the public sector.
Our aim is to support the city’s rebirth and we believe that the Odeon is key to that end. The plan is to re-instate the original huge auditorium, making it the third largest auditorium in Yorkshire, with a capacity of 3500 seated/ 4000 with stalls standing. A venue of this size will attract national and international performers and its flexibility will also allow sporting events, corporate product launches exhibitions and conferences.
We hope you will join us on this journey to transform this landmark building. Please use the comments sections on our website, Facebook and Twitter to give us your opinions on our plans, and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Video created by Bradford Live for the 2016 Theatre Buildings at Risk Register
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